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43-38546

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 25/8/44; Grenier 10/9/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 12/9/44; transferred 860BS/493BG Debach 13/9/44; 861BS; Missing in Action Munster 5/10/44 with Art Bisaro, Bill Johnson, Harry Beradesco, Jose Gonzales, Bill Samford, Tom Cougler, Clarry Campbell (7 Returned to Duty); Rudi Guerrero, Dan Adams (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Ludenscheid, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9576.

Service

Units

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 861st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 43-38546. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Berardesco

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4338546. Escaped and returned.

  • Arthur Bisaro

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #43-38546. Escaped and returned. ...

  • Clarence Campbell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #43-38546. Escaped and returned.

  • Thomas Cougler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4338546. Escaped and returned.

  • Jose Gonzales

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4338546. Escaped and returned. Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4338232 'Proud Pappy. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Rudolph Guerrero

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4338546. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4338546. Escaped and returned.

  • William Samford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #43-38546. Escaped and returned.

Places

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 5 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9576 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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